Let’s face it – keeping a clean and tidy home is not always an easy job, especially if you have children.
I believe in keeping a tidy home for myself and my family not only because I enjoy the look of a clean and clutter free home, but also because it makes daily tasks easier and it gives me a sense of peace and order.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do not think that having a tidy home is the most important thing in the world or that it’s necessary for happiness but for me personally, when my surroundings are cluttered it makes my mind feel cluttered and chaotic.
That doesn’t mean that my house never gets messy – believe me, it does. But I try to never let it get out of control so that it doesn’t stay messy for very long.
I never want cleaning to get in the way of spending quality time with my family, so the best of both worlds for me is to keep my home as tidy as possible with the least amount of time and effort possible.
6 Tips For Keeping Your House Tidy:
- Re-evaluate what clean means to you.
A tidy home doesn’t necessarily mean a picture perfect, minimilistic, not-one-thing-out-of-place kind of home.
For some people that is what defines a tidy home, but for others a space that looks more lived-in is what makes them feel at peace and at home.
The goal is always to make your home a place where you feel happy and in harmony, not to have the cleanest house on the block to impress your neighbours!
- Never leave a room empty handed.
Whenever you leave a room, make sure to bring any clutter with you and put it back in its place.
When you leave your bedroom, take the water glasses off of the nightstand and put them in the sink. When you leave the bathroom, pick up any clothes or towels that are on the floor and put them in the laundry room. When you leave the living room, bring any bags of snacks back to the kitchen.
You get it.
Doing this will always keep the mess under control and keep it from becoming overwhelming.
- Do (at least) one load of laundry per day.
I know firsthand how easy it is to get behind on laundry and feel overwhelmed looking at your overflowing laundry hampers.
Aim to do at least one load of laundry every day. Spending a little of bit of time doing laundry each day is a lot less of a daunting task than having to spend hours doing laundry once or twice a week.
- Pick one big cleaning task each day.
Instead of driving yourself crazy trying to deep clean your entire house everyday, do the bare minimum to keep your place tidy everyday and then pick one big cleaning task for the day.
For example: everyday I will make the bed, tidy any clutter, do a load of laundry, unload and reload the dishwasher, sweep the floor and wipe down all the counters and surfaces. As for the big cleaning tasks, my week can look something like this:
Monday: Mop all floors
Tuesday: Deep clean kitchen
Wednesday: Dust everything in the house
Thursday: Deep clean bathroom
Friday: Deep clean bedrooms
Saturday & Sunday: Bare minimum (mama needs a weekend too!)
Figure out a flexible cleaning schedule that works for you.
- Keep home decor as simple as possible.
When I say as simple as possible, I mean as easy to clean as possible.
More knick-knacks mean more dusting, more furniture means more surfaces to clean and so on and so forth.
- “Clean as you go” while cooking or baking.
Put cooking or baking utensils into the dishwasher and put your ingredients away as soon as you’re done using them.
Cleaning as you go is great because you’re really only left with a few dishes and wiping down the table and counter once you’re finished eating.
- Utilize your dishwasher.
This seems obvious but I mean REALLY utilize it.
I used to only put plates, bowls, cups, mugs and cutlery into the dishwasher and run it every few days when it was full. I would spend at least 20 minutes every night hand washing all the of the pots and pans I had used that day.
Now, I just throw literally everything that I used that day into the dishwasher and run a load every night.
If you’re not already doing this, definitely start!
I have found that following these 7 tips really helps to keep the mess in my house under control and makes cleaning much less intimidating.
If having a clean home is important for your well being you don’t need to sacrifice time away from your family or your hobbies to make it happen!